A list of WordPress Plugins that Slow Down your Site

Slow-Wordpress-Plugins

Avoiding Slow WordPress Plugins will make your Site load faster and improve your Core Web Vitals score.

The most common issue is when people try to run slow-loading plugins on shared hosting (especially WooCommerce, WPML, or even Elementor). If you absolutely need to run these plugins, skip the Shared Hosting (yes, including SiteGround) and go straight to Cloud Hosting.

Slow-Wordpress-Plugins

If you’re not sure which WordPress plugin is slowing down your Site? You’ve come to the right place for answers because we’ve been there too.


1. List of Slow WordPress plugins that Slow Down your Site

  • Most slow WordPress plugins include page builders including Elementor, social sharing, statistic, slider, portfolio, calendar, chat, contact form, related post, sitemap, Jetpack, WPML, WooCommerce, and any plugin that runs ongoing scans or processes.
  1. Google Analytics
  2. Google Language Translator
  3. Google Translate
  4. Backup Buddy
  5. Beaver Builder
  6. Better WordPress Google XML Sitemaps
  7. Broken Link Checker
  8. Constant Contact for WordPress
  9. Contact Form 7
  10. Contextual Related Posts
  11. Jetpack
  12. Leaflet Maps Marker
  13. My Review
  14. NextGEN Gallery
  15. NewStatPress
  16. Query Monitor
  17. Social Discussions
  18. Sociable
  19. Similar Posts
  20. Slimstat Analytics
  21. Sumo Me
  22. Talk. To
  23. Real Estate Website Builder
  24. Really Simple Share
  25. Reveal IDs
  26. Revolution Slider
  27. Sharebar
  28. ShareThis
  29. S2 Member
  30. SEO Auto Links & Related Posts
  31. Share Buttons by AddToAny
  32. Share Buttons by E-MAILiT
  33. ShareThis
  34. WPML
  35. wpCloaker
  36. Yet Another Related Post Plugin
  37. Yoast
  38. Yuzo Related Posts
  39. WordPress Facebook
  40. WordPress Related Posts
  41. WordPress Popular Posts
  42. WordPress Social Ring
  43. WPBakey
  44. WP Facebook Like Plugin
  45. WP Jump Menu
  46. WP Social Bookmarking Lite
  47. WP Social Share
  48. WP Statistics
  49. Thrive
  50. AddThis
  51. AdSense Click Fraud Monitoring
  52. All-In-One Event Calendar
  53. Avada
  54. Elementor
  55. Envira Gallery
  56. ExactMetrics
  57. Facebook Chat
  58. Digi Auto Links
  59. Disqus Comment System
  60. Divi Builder
  61. Google XML Sitemaps
  62. Fancy Gallery
  63. Fuzzy SEO Booster
  64. Tribulant Slideshow Gallery
  65. UberMenu
  66. Ultimate Social Media & Share
  67. VaultPress
  68. WooCommerce
  69. WooCommerce Customer History
  70. Wordfence
  71. WP Power Stats
  72. WP-PostViews
  73. Disqus Comment System
  74. Broken Link Checker
  75. NextGen Gallery
  76. All Social plugins
  77. Yet Another Related Post
  78. Updraft/Plus

2. How To Find Your Slowest WordPress Plugins

If you want to find which WordPress Plugins that slow down your site, you can use GTmetrix, New Relic, Query Monitor, and WP Hive Chrome Extension.

2.1 Query Monitor Plugin

Query Monitor Plugin can be used for finding slow database queries, themes, and specific functions. you just install and activate it.

Query Monitor Plugin

View a page on your site, hover over the Query Monitor tab, and go to Queries > Queries By Component. You should check multiple pages/posts where you suspect different plugins load.

Query Monitor Plugin settings

The table shows your slowest plugins and their load times

Query Monitor Plugin result

2.2 Use GTmetrix Waterfall And New Relic To Find your Slowest WordPress Plugins

GTmetrix Waterfall and New Relic are like Query Monitor Plugin.

GTmetrix and New Relic

Your GTmetrix Waterfall chart shows you which plugins create requests and each request’s load time. However, it only shows plugins that are loaded on the front-end.

This means it doesn’t give you an accurate glimpse of your slowest plugins since it likely won’t show page builders, backup plugins, statistics plugins, and other types of plugins loading in the backend.

GTmetrix Waterfall

2.3 WP Hive Chrome Extension

WP Hive is Chrome extension that tells you which plugins in the WordPress repository are slow. Simply install the extension, go to the WordPress plugins page, and do a search for any plugin. WP Hive shows you whether the plugin affects memory usage or PageSpeed Insights.

WP Hive Chrome Extension

You should delete the Query Monitor, GTmetrix Waterfall, and New Relic when you’re done since these can also slow down your Site as it constantly runs in the background.

3. Lightweight Plugin Alternatives

I recommend reviewing your Slowest WordPress Plugins, replacing them with lightweight plugins or deleting them, and selectively disabling plugins from specific pages/posts where they don’t need to load.

  • SEO Plugins – Rank Math.
  • Backup Plugins UpdraftPlus.
  • Sliders – Soliloquy or MetaSlider.
  • Page BuilderOxygen or Gutenberg.
  • Portfolio – Envira Gallery, FooGallery, or The Grid.
  • WooCommerce – most important thing is to use fast hosting (e.g. Cloudways).
  • Social SharingGrow By Mediavine (fastest social sharing plugin in WP Rocket’s test).
  • Comments – native comments or wpDiscuz with optimized settings configured with Flying Scripts Plugin by WP Speed Matters to create timeouts for comments + Gravatars = no extra GTmetrix requests.

4. Alternative Solutions

Plugins may not be the only thing slowing down your WordPress site. Bad hosting, Shared hosting is very limited on server resources, not having your cache plugin configured correctly, and other things can cause slow load times.

If you’re running slow WordPress plugins and are experiencing slow server response times in PageSpeed Insights, 503 errors, or you’re exceeding CPU limits, I highly recommend skipping shared hosting all together and go with someone like Cloudways Hosting. This is especially true for WooCommerce sites which require extra scripts, styles, cart fragments, and often more plugins.

5. FAQs

5.1 How can I find my slowest plugins?

Use Query Monitor, New Relic, or GTmetrix Waterfall to find your slowest plugins.

5.2 Which plugins slow down WordPress?

Page builders, social sharing plugins, portfolios, and contact forms are infamous for slowing down WordPress. Three common culprits include WooCommerce, Elementor, and Jetpack.

5.4 How do I make plugins load faster?

Use lightweight plugins, be minimal, and selectively disable plugins from loading on specific pages and posts using a plugin like Asset CleanUp or Perfmatters.

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